Wimbledon Stars Depart Kingsmeadow
With the influx of ten players arriving this summer, Dave Beasant has now began cutting the squad down of it's surplus contracts - starting with centre-back Paul Huntington.
Stephen Hunt has been the only big-name departure out of Kingsmeadow this summer, until now that is. Peterborough United offered a £325,000 sum for our centre-back after having a bid rejected for Karleigh Osborne earlier in the window.
Without Huntington's departure, Wimbledon would have entered the new season with six different centre-backs, despite Beasant's system only utilising two.
The 28-year-old was a very helpful signing when we needed him, unlike now. He made 51 appearances in all competitions last season in our promotion season following his free transfer from Preston North End.
Despite Beasant's undying loyalty towards Damian Reeves, the 30-year-old has finally agreed a move to Fleetwood Town after Wimbledon's entry into League One.
His time at Wimbledon meant he played in the Football League for the first time in his career - despite being 28 years old at the time of arrival. The poacher racked up 116 goals in four seasons at previous club Altrincham before agreeing a £25,000 move to League Two's AFC Wimbledon.
The striker wowed fans playing alongside a variation of strikers in his first season such as Azeez, Elliott and Thierry Ambrose. The 5'9" striker scored 22 league goals in 39 games in his first season at Kingsmeadow. As Warren Bentley joined from Winchester City last season, though, the goals were more shared out, with Reeves hitting seven less goals in five less appearances in the league.
He now moves to Fleetwood Town for a fee of £120,000 - a £85,000 profit on what he first joined for.
The latest permanent departure, though is Nathan Doyle's free transfer over to Deepdale as he links up with Preston North End.
The 29-year-old commander joined for a fee just under £15,000 from Luton Town in January 2016 as his contract ran out six months later at Kenilworth Road.
The Capital One Cup finalist joined as a replacement for both released midfielder Michael Tonge, and £400,000-rated Jonny Rowell, who coincidentally joined Doyle's old team Bradford City.
The midfielder made 15 appearances last season for The Dons as Jake Reeves and Paul Mooney dominated the two central midfielder slots in Beasant's system.
In terms of temporary departures, there are two more - taking the tally up to five loan departures this summer. AFC Wimbledon youth products Ryan Wearing and Lorcan Riley leave for the rest of the season. Wearing finds himself linking up with Wimbledon teammate Daniel Akindayini at Forest Green Rovers, meanwhile Riley joins Havant & Waterlooville.